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Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
Historical fiction


by Barbara Kingsolver

Quick take

A sweeping tale of two families coping with turbulent times, from the author of The Poisonwood Bible.

Good to know

  • 400+ pages

  • Slow build

  • Family drama

  • Literary


  • Nonchronological timeline
  • Contains irony and political criticism
  • Character-driven and philosophically-oriented

Why I love it

My first apartment was a shared ground floor studio that was loud, ant-infested, and basically a glorified dorm room. But get this: Bob Dylan used to live there—or so our broker told us—and what’s personal space compared to proximity to a legend? So when Willa Knox, the protagonist of Unsheltered, is determined to prove that a remarkable historical figure once inhabited her otherwise invaluable ho...


How could two hardworking people do everything right in life, a woman asks, and end up destitute? Willa Knox and her husband followed all the rules as responsible parents and professionals, and have nothing to show for it but debts and an inherited brick house that is falling apart. The magazine where Willa worked has folded; the college where her husband had tenure has closed. Their dubious shelt...


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    November 2018